Health & Fitness

By Eva Whalen

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Hi-protein, clean, green, and energizing are just a few of the glowing descriptors for these snack, drink or meal options that are ideal for pre- or post-workouts. Each will leave you feeling sated and full of vigor, whether you’re casually watching Netflix on the elliptical or pushing your personal limits in interval training classes. Toss these in your gym bag or take them to work for lunch and afternoon snacks to power through your days.

Perfect Bars are, in a word, astounding. Why are they so perfect? They’re so fresh that they require refrigeration and contain copious amounts of non-GMO goodness, such as peanut butter, honey, expertly hidden kale, spinach, alfalfa, celery or more for vitamins and minerals on the run. Vegan, kosher, gluten-free, and chock full of creamy deliciousness, you won’t even suspect you’re eating your veggies and 20+ superfoods. Available in Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Coconut, Almond Coconut, Cashew Coconut, Carob Chip, Fruit & Nut, Almond Acai, Almond Butter, Almond Mini Bar, Cranberry Crunch, Peanut Butter Mini… and WOW to the Dark Chocolate Almond, Blueberry Cashew, and Dark Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter flavors! Find them at Perfect Bar and at Amazon.com. Whole Food Union Square and Trader Joe’s Union Square also carry them.

In a sea of yogurt options, Chobani is definitely special. It’s the Queen Mary of yogurt brands with myriad flavor-packed ways to enjoy it: Smooth Sipper (coffee, cherry vanilla, etc.), a Flip Snack over cookies (Peach Cobbler, Mint Chocolate Chip, etc.) Traditional (peach, strawberry, blueberry, black cherry, raspberry and more), Smooth Classic Yogurt, fruit on the bottom, blended, plain as a palette, extra creamy, 2%… At http://www.chobani.com, you’ll find it all and something to suit your unique taste preference. Chobani will fill you up the right way with ample protein and ingredients that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and healthy. Find Chobani at Fresh Direct, Amazon, and your favorite stores.

RAU Chocolate is a brilliant raw chocolate concoction that taps into the superfood power of cocoa to fuel your day. It’s an organic, high-pressure processed, sugar-free (yaaay!), dairy-free, soy-free, and vegan drink made from filtered water, cocoa, Himalayan Pink Salt, vanilla extract, spices, and monk fruit extract. RAU cocoa is sourced from sustainable, fair-trade farms and devoid of refined sugars — they’re sweetened only with monk fruit. Read more about this RAU-volution at http://www.drinkrau.com and order your favorite flavors from six: Semi-Sweet, Coconut, Bold Original, Salted Caramel, Cold Brew Mocha and Mint. The Mocha has approx 60-80 mg caffeine for jump-starting your mornings; it’s the perfect way to start the day and to reward workouts.

GO and power through it!

Originally published September 2017

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